Aiki The Martial Concept

Aiki: The Martial Art Concept That All Martial Artists Should Know About Aiki (合 氣) literally means ‘Join Energy’ or ‘One Energy’. It is a fusion of two energies or forces or momentum into one. Aiki is a Japanese budō term, that allows a conditioned practitioner to negate or redirect an opponent’s energy, force, or …

The Iwama Aikido Story

The Iwama Aikido Story: The Short Version Iwama Aikido or Iwama Ryu is probably the most popular Aikido style in the Sydney City CBD, North Shore, North Sydney, Macquarie Park, North Ryde, and the North-Western Part of Sydney. It arrived here via Aikikai in the 1970s and was nurtured by Morihiro Saito Sensei, Hitohira Saito …

Taijutsu

What is Taijutsu? Taijutsu (体術, literally “body technique” or “body skill”) is a Japanese blanket term for any combat skill, technique, or system of martial art using body movements that are described as an empty-hand combat skill or system. In other simpler words, Taijutsu is martial art technique without weapons. Taijutsu is a synonym for …

Is Aikido a ‘Weapons Art’?

If Aikido Works Like a Sword, Then is it a ‘Weapons Art’? A ‘Weapons Art’ uses a weapon or weapons (Eg Sword, Staff, Shinai, Etc) in martial practice. Popular examples are Arnis (Filipino Martial Art) and Kendo (Japanese Martial Art of Fencing). Aikido is based on the arts of the sword and staff. So is it …

Tanren Uchi Exercise

Tanren: 7 Points To Consider When Training Tanren in Japanese means to forge or hammered into strength, like a new sword getting shaped on an anvil. The first time I saw an Aikido Tanren was at Mic Marelli Sensei’s ‘Aiki Kunren (Shuren) Dojo’ on the North Shore of Sydney. It was made up of a …

Bokken: The Humble Stick

You Too Can Have a Good Aikido Bokken Even Though You are Just Starting A Bokken is a wooden sword that the Aikidoka and other Japanese Martial Artists use to learn the art of the sword. The Aikidoka uses the bokken (wooden sword) for training because it’s safer than practising on a live razor-sharp katana. …

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